Corporate / M&A Law, Franchise & Distribution Law

Canadian Government Seeks Input for Innovation Agenda

Innovation - CopyIn September 2015 a new government was elected in Canada on a platform of significant change. Its first budget, tabled in March, outlines a plan for implementation of that change. A significant part of the budget – upwards of $3 billion CAD – is committed to the encouragement of innovation. Continue reading

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Franchise & Distribution Law

Change to Michigan Law Provides Some Protection for Franchisors

NLRBJoint Employer Liability

One of the recent concerns for both franchisors and franchisees in the US has been the uncertainty created by regulatory efforts to have franchisors held liable as a “joint employer” of the employees of their franchisees. Most prominent of these efforts has been the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) actions asserting that McDonald’s is a joint employer of its franchisees’ employees. Continue reading

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Franchise & Distribution Law

Are Shareholders of a Corporate Franchisee Considered “Franchisees” Under Ontario’s Franchise Legislation?

Corporate PeopleThe answer is that it depends. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered the matter in 2313103 Ontario Inc. et al v JM Food Services Ltd. et al. in the context of whether the shareholders of the corporate franchisee can invoke the statutory rights afforded to franchisees under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (Ontario) (“Act”). Continue reading

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